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Burning Coal Turns to Ashe

From our friends at Burning Coal Theatre Company:

In the late 60s/early 1970s, a meteor shot across the sportsworld, a young African American tennis player named Arthur Ashe.  

He won the US Open in 1968, becoming the first black man to win a “major.”  In 1970, the won the Australian Open, and in 1975, wearing the “whites” of the All-England Club, he defeated the brash Jimmy Connors to claim the Wimbledon crown.  But it was a little known competition that he entered in 1973, one that took him into the heart of Apartheid South Africa, that saw Ashe fight, and win, his greatest battle.  And it wasn’t on a tennis court.

Burning Coal has commissioned the rising young playwright Hannah Benitez to tell this little known story for the first time.

This production is suitable for ages fourteen and up.

Performance Dates: 

January 24 – February 10, 2019
Thurs.-Sat. at 7:30pm, Sun. at 2pm

Tickets: or 919-834-4001

Please call for info on Group Rates! 


Burning Coal Theatre
224 Polk Street, Raleigh, NC 27604